Ingmar Bergman Double Feature! Erotic comedy SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT is set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. In THE RITE, three traveling actors are accused of taking part in a performance deemed pornographic by the state’s authorities.
Presented in associations with the Swedish Film Institute and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.
Tickets will be available in April.
SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT
1955, Janus Films, 108 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman
After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, this classic film at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing their pretensions and insecurities along the way. Chock-full of flirtatious propositions and sharp witticisms delivered by such Swedish screen legends as Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson, SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT is one of cinema’s great erotic comedies.
1969, Janus Films, 72 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman
In one of Ingmar Bergman’s most stylized and political films, three traveling actors are accused of taking part in a performance deemed pornographic by the state’s authorities. Before an intractable judge, they are forced to defend themselves and their art, but their own personal flaws and scandals also are brought to the fore. Taking place in a shadowy bureaucratic netherworld, the film confronts artistic censorship while also investigating such Bergman-esque themes as sexual violence and the nature of performance.
Both films in Swedish with English subtitles.